Phonetic Montessori Blocks Help Kids Read Easily and Naturally

by 10/23/14   filed under: education, green kids, green toys

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A gentle learning toy that is eco-friendly, helps with reading skills, and is fun to manipulate? Sign our little learners up! These Montessori reading blocks, with red consonants and blue vowels, encourage tots to try out different three letter word combinations with all five vowels as well as thirteen consonants. Beginning reading skills are strengthened as kids experiment with and learn 80 different words, many of which rhyme. Suitable for Montessori classrooms, these blocks are also a great kid’s toy to have around the house or for car or restaurant trips. Created by a certified Montessori teacher, the blocks are hand-crafted from unfinished maple wood, and finished with water-based ink and glue.

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New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

by 10/23/14   filed under: health & body, prenatal

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If you’re pregnant or have had a baby, you’ve likely heard of preeclampsia, a harmful and sometimes deadly condition affecting pregnant women. In the past, it’s been thought that preeclampsia is caused by the placenta, but a new editorial in the journal Anaesthesia says that perhaps this condition is caused by the fetus. Co-author of the editorial, associate professor Alicia Dennis, a consultant anaesthetist and director of anaesthesia research at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, says a lack of healthy oxygen to the developing fetus may be the root cause of preeclampsia. On that note, Dennis has even suggested changing the name of preeclampsia to “hypertension caused by pregnancy” so that more women will better understand the condition and perhaps get the correct information needed to manage it.  The editorial also suggests that a normal pregnancy can proceed without incident when a mom-to-be can maintain a continued flow of oxygen to meet the needs of the fetus, but when oxygen needs aren’t meant, the fetus suffers and more problems occur. Perhaps a preeclampsia name change will help women to better understand their health care needs during pregnancy – what do you think?

+ Hypertension and haemodynamics in pregnant women – is a unified theory for pre-eclampsia possible?

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BREAKING: Study Finds Dangerous Hidden Chemicals in Halloween Costumes and "Trick or Treat" Bags Sold at Popular Retailers Including Target & Party City

by 10/23/14   filed under: green halloween, toxins

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A study released today by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project has found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and party supplies sold by stores you likely shop at often. The Ecology Center tested 106 Halloween products in total, looking for substances linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. All of the products were purchased at popular retailers, including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. Jeff Gearhart, HealthyStuff.org research director, says, “We found that seasonal products, like thousands of other products we have tested, are full of dangerous chemicals. Poorly regulated toxic chemicals consistently show up in seasonal products. Hazardous chemicals in consumer products pose unnecessary and avoidable health hazards to children, consumers, communities, workers and our environment.” The research focused on products containing chemicals that are not only toxic but that have the tendency to build up in both people and the environment. Chemicals tested for included lead, bromine (brominated flame retardants), chlorine (vinyl/PVC plastic), phthalates, arsenic, and tin (organotins). According to the Ecology Center research, some products contained multiple chemical hazards. For example, one toddler Batman Muscle Costume had a belt containing 29% regulated phthalates, 340 ppm tin, and lead in the lining of the mask at 120 ppm. Some other Halloween product highlights include the following:

  • CVS Retailed:  30 Halloween LED C3 Lights: PVC insulation containing 0.25% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 0.5% antimony and a Big Bop Light Stick: PVC components with organotin compounds (1,400 ppm tin).
  • Kroger Retailed: Flicker Lights: 6.5% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 1% antimony, Cars Halloween Bag: 2.8% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 0.77% antimony, Princess Halloween Bag: 0.6% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 0.24% antimony.
  • Party City Retailed: Silver Princess Tiara: 0.38% bromine (indicating flame retardant use), 0.33% chlorine and 0.09% antimony. and a Pink Butterfly Set – Wings, Tiara and Wand: PVC components with organotin compounds (1,720 ppm tin).
  • Target Retailed: Disney Cinderella Dress: 0.1% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) in fabric.
  • Walgreens Retailed Disney Wall Art: 16% regulated phthalates, Orange Pumpkin Lights: 6.7% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 1.2% antimony in cord insulation, and a Deluxe Fairy Costume Dress and Wings: 420 ppm lead in glitter trim on wings.

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ENTER TO WIN: Inhabitots' 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

by 10/22/14   filed under: announcements, contest, green halloween, green kids, halloween

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Inhabitots’ Green Halloween™ Costume Contest is BACK! Now’s the time to cast a spell on our judges with your cleverest kids’ costume creations! We can’t wait to see your crafty, inventive DIY, homemade, eco Halloween costumes that your little ghouls and goblins will wear this Halloween. You have between now and 11:59pm on November 1, 2014 to upload your costume contenders to our contest site here. This year we’re awarding over $200 in prizes to the lucky winners! Read on to learn more and to get inspired by some incredibly creative winning costumes of past years!

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Clever Dad Designs Adorable LED Color-Changing Stick Figure Costume for His Daughter

by 10/22/14   filed under: green family, green halloween, green kids, halloween

A clever dad has become an internet sensation with his ingenious idea to create an interactive, and hilarious, Halloween costume for his daughter using LED lights in the shape of a stick figure. Known to the world as “Glowy Zoey,” the costume’s LED strip lighting glows in the dark and, when worn by a toddler, appears as if a miniature stick figure is running around, which is arguably the cutest spectacle we’ve ever seen.

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HOW TO: Make Sunny Pumpkin & Orange Soup for Halloween

by 10/22/14   filed under: food, healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking

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High Schooler Writes Children's Book Featuring the True Story of an Orphaned, Endangered Rhino

by 10/22/14   filed under: books

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Reading with our kids is valuable for so many reasons, and instilling an early notion of environmental advocacy is one important benefit. Chizi’s Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino is the sweet story of an orphaned black rhino in Zimbabwe who comes into the care of a local conservationist and his family. Written by a Connecticut high schooler who has spent numerous summers in Africa, Chizi’s Tale is a wonderful way to introduce the wider world and environmental issues into your child’s life in a humorous and adorable way. This story will open your child’s eyes to how a wild baby animal became an untraditional family pet and how he lovingly becomes a part of the family who cares for him and prepares to eventually return him to the wild.

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HOW TO: Make No-Bake Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Truffles

by 10/21/14   filed under: baking, food, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, snack, vegetarian

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3 Baking Soda Activities for Your Kid’s Playtime

3 Baking Soda Activities for Your Kid’s Playtime

Brought to you by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda While ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda is great for cleaning, it’s also perfect for a bit of messy fun. Bring ARM…

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Brain Cancer Rate for Girls Increases 550% in Florida Town, Possibly Due to Radioactive Waste

Brain Cancer Rate for Girls Increases 550% in Florida Town, Possibly Due to Radioactive Waste

A special investigation featured in The Nation has revealed that brain cancer rates among young girls in The Acreage, a south Florida town, have shot up in recent years, and radioactive…

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Frightful Fruit! 5 Fresh & Fruity Halloween Treats

Frightful Fruit! 5 Fresh & Fruity Halloween Treats

1. Banana Ghosts Bananas are definitely a favorite kids’ fruit, and these little ghosts are simple enough for your youngest sous chefs to create. Simply peel a banana and cut it…

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Baby Shower Gift Trees Keep on Growing (and Giving) Forever

Baby Shower Gift Trees Keep on Growing (and Giving) Forever

If you need a very special baby shower or new baby gift, Seeds of Life offers many unique and eco-friendly gift choices that will literally rise head and shoulders above the…

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HOW TO: Make a Vegan Pumpkin Pie Power Smoothie

HOW TO: Make a Vegan Pumpkin Pie Power Smoothie

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of almond milk 1/2 cup of oats 3 tbsp of chia seeds 1 and 1/2 cup of pumpkin 1 ripe banana 2 tsp of cinnamon 1/2 tsp of ground…

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Fluf's Organic Cotton Snack Bags Make Snacktime Cheery

Fluf's Organic Cotton Snack Bags Make Snacktime Cheery

TweetEmailWe’re already fans of Fluf’s cute organic cotton lunch bags, so imagine our delight to see that Fluf has added some adorable snack bags to their…

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13 Kid-Friendly Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

13 Kid-Friendly Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

1. Scribble Pumpkin This crayon scribble pumpkin from The Swell Designer is bright, fun, easy and adaptable. The colors standout best if you use a white pumpkin as a base for this…

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13 Pumpkin Themed Halloween Crafts for Toddlers

13 Pumpkin Themed Halloween Crafts for Toddlers

Pumpkin Spice Playdough You can whip up a batch of this pumpkin spice playdough in no time at all using natural food colors or colors made from food items such as beet,…

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

A complete set of 6 Yoga Joes comes in a display case with bamboo flooring. The 6 poses are: Warrior Two, Child’s Pose, Meditation Pose, Headstand, Cobra Pose, and…

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Eepples MilkCharms Make it Easy to Date and Save Pumped Breast Milk

Eepples MilkCharms Make it Easy to Date and Save Pumped Breast Milk

If you’re tired of hunting down masking tape and pens to label your bottles of breast milk, then Eepples MilkCharms may be the perfect solution. Eepples are an eco-friendly way to…

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